Not All Finishes Are Alike

Not all finishes are alike. The first thing I tell my prospective customers when doing an estimate is when comparing quotes please find out what they are going to put on your cabinets. Due to the increase in cabinet refinishing popularity, many painters and other contractors have been taking up cabinet refinishing as a form of extra income for their enterprises, but most of them never worked for a cabinet company nor were they trained in the kitchen cabinet finishing field, so for the most part, they opt to use over-the-counter water-based products such as Benjamin Moore Cab coat cabinet paints. It sounds good because of the well-known names, but Benjamin Moore does not make a true factory finish.

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In fact, most cabinet coatings applied today are mostly water-based. Water borne paints will not create a chemical bond to your existing finish. In other words, the new coating to be applied should melt in to your present finish in order to create this said chemical bond. This process will serve your cabinets and last for years to come unlike any water-based finish. Water will not adhere or melt into any existing finish. As a result this type of coating will not last, nor will it have the protective qualities of a factory finish.  The finish is called Catalyzed Conversion Varnish. This is the only product that belongs on cabinets. Please look it up. Also, some companies choose lacquers due to their ease of application this technology dates back to the 1800s and even if it is pre-catalyzed this finish is inferior and will not last nearly as long as Catalyzed Conversion Varnish. Ask for it by name. Most painters are not professional finishers and do not know what this said finish is, nor do they have the right type of equipment required to apply it. Our pumps are made by Kremlin (France) or Binks Raptor )US) they contain titanium tips and Teflon seals that are required to apply this finish. Once Catalyze Conversion Varnish is cured it becomes very hard and resistance the most chemicals . In fact, you can pour nail polish remover on a finish surface, and it will not be affected at all. You will never achieve this type of protection with a water-based product. As far as the product safety, and or VOCs is safer than most, due to the fact that it does not contain any ammonia, benzene or formaldehyde, hence being  free with no cancer causing agents. This is why I always trying to educate my customer so they can make the right choice when searching for the right company for the job. Please conduct research and choose wisely for all finishes are not alike.